Questionable Origins

Dunwoody artist Eileen Braun explores sculpture's possibilities

The Spruill Gallery is pleased to announce their first exhibit of the new year, Questionable Origins, featuring new sculptural work by Dunwoody artist Eileen Braun, now through March 14.

An award-winning ceramicist, Braun grew tired of the limitations and fragility of porcelain and sought a new medium that would not resist her manipulation. Large or small, the work captivates the viewer and gives birth to a new form of life from its chrysalis-like structures, begging the audience to question their origins. Eileen’s work is very much process driven - formed of rattan reed, cotton string, encaustic wax, latex paint. In some instances, found objects like fabric and dressmaker’s pattern tissue are integrated into the work. Her sculptures are monumental, maneuverable, and deceivingly lightweight.

“My art mirrors natural forms with a biomorphic dystopian edge,” said artist Eileen Braun. “Movement, texture and complexity of form are integral as well. My hope is that the viewer will be drawn in by the relaxed floating form; while approaching, they will be intrigued by the ever-changing view of the work – one can see both through it and around it simultaneously. Texture, shadow and line add to the multidimensional cornucopia of delights that are hard to capture in a photograph. The animated gestural quality of my sculptures are deceiving as at times they appear to be line drawings melding into the surface it is secured to.”

Eileen was born in Boston, Massachusetts and earned her BA in Sculpture and Art Education. She has maintained a career in the arts; teaching, serving as Executive Director of a suburban New York Arts Center (CCCA) and also with a Chicago art museum (Spertus). After relocating to Atlanta 15 years ago she secured a studio space and dove back into the making of art on a personal level. This is the first sculptural exhibit we’ve hosted at the gallery in a few years and we are thrilled,” said Gallery Director, Jennifer Price. “Eileen’s new body of work is mesmerizing! I think everyone is going to love this exhibit.”

The Spruill Gallery is located at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

About the Spruill Center for the Arts: The Spruill Gallery is a part of the Spruill Center for the Arts and is located at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA. The facility features professional artist exhibition series, special events and is the home of the "EVERYTHING WILL BE OK" mural. The Spruill Center for the Arts is a private, non-profit organization offering an extensive and diverse program of arts classes for all ages and skill levels. More information about the Spruill Center for the Arts Education Center and complete course listings can be found by visiting SpruillArts.org.

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